We were walking near San Giovanni in Laterano when we ran across this scene. San Giovanni is one of four churches in Rome. It dates from the 4th century although it is much renovated. The main doors come from the Roman senate in the forum. The Pope opens them during Jubilee celebrations. We were there when Pope John did so in 2000. Across the street is a set of steps supposedly used by Jesus when he was questioned by Pontius Pilot.